Posts Tagged ‘San Francisco’

Thoughts, fears, and fantasies and the day-to-day realities of Crumb family life. Kominsky and Crumb met in 1972. Together, they have created a joint portrait of their lives, from the underground days of the Bay Area in the 70s to life in the south of France, where they moved permanently in 1991.






Thee Oh Sees show up in New York just in time for a much need distraction from the election. Straight Arrows from Australia warmed up.

Thee Oh Sees

John Dwyer – Guitar, Vocals, Synth
Tim Hellman – Bass
Dan Rincon – Drums
Ryan Moutinho – Drums (quit the band four days later)


Straight Arrows

Adam Williams, Alex Grigg, Angela Bermuda, Owen Penglis


The Residents (Randy, not Chuck but Rico and Bob) came to New York to put on their Shadowland show on April 26, 2016 after playing their new movie, Theory of Obscurity by Don Hardy.

Jerry Smith (1965 – 2014) did junkyards. “Not landfills, but working junkyards–cranes dropping big chunks of metal, planes flying overhead, a real loud and violent atmosphere. I’m intrigued by this part of the urban environment.”

“See how the stuff is mashed up against each other? I wanted a kind of erotic painting, but I wanted the figures to relate to the junkyard. So the figures are mashed up against each other in the same way that all these beer cans and car parts are.”

“The guy dancing on top of the car, he’s based on a figure from Gericault. The contorted woman, I had to get kind of twisted up to paint her, had to know what that pose feels like to paint it. The guy in back–when I go to a party that’s how I tend to dance.”

“It’s all about excesses in the way we live.  What we treasure, what we trash. Excesses and irony. Not a profound narrative or moralistic statement but an obvious irony. People partying in a junkyard–it isn’t an environment people normally have a good time in. They’re just dealing with their environment.”

“Drinkers, dancers, revelers–I have a fascination with the Bacchanalian. Listening to early jazz, there’s a certain point of delirium they reach when five or six musicians are improvising at once, all these disparate elements coming together. It probably sounds like chaos to some people, but it all comes together, this beautiful sound.”

“I haven’t exhausted my interest in the urban scene.”

Jerry C. Smith.

Below are images from one of his sketchbooks provided by the Smith family.

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All artwork by Jerry Smith.